To help stave off declining ratings, ABC is airing an All-Stars edition of Dancing with the Stars this fall. Could this powerhouse actually be in danger of being cancelled — or at least cut back to one cycle per year?
The teams are Pamela Anderson & Tristan MacManus, Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Sabrina Bryan & Louis van Amstel, Hélio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower, Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson, Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough, Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya, Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd, Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy, Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff, Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas, Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani, and Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke.
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Final season averages: 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 13.87 million total viewers.
2.7 in the demo (+13% change) with 16.30 million (+14% change).
Season averages: 2.29 in the demo with 13.87 million.
2.4 in the demo (+14% change) with 14.28 million (+4% change).
Season averages: 2.24 in the demo with 13.60 million.
2.1 in the demo (0% change) with 13.79 million (+2% change).
Season averages: 2.23 in the demo with 13.52 million.
2.1 in the demo (-9% change) with 13.48 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 2.24 in the demo with 13.48 million.
2.3 in the demo (-4% change) with 13.90 million (+5% change).
Season averages: 2.27 in the demo with 13.48 million.
2.4 in the demo (+14% change) with 13.27 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 2.26 in the demo with 13.39 million.
2.1 in the demo (-5% change) with 13.64 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 2.23 in the demo with 13.42 million.
2.2 in the demo (+5% change) with 13.55 million (+10% change).
Season averages: 2.27 in the demo with 13.35 million.
2.1 in the demo (-16% change) with 12.38 million (-12% change).
Season averages: 2.30 in the demo with 13.25 million.
2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 14.11 million total viewers.
Season averages: 2.50 in the demo with 14.11 million.
Year-to-year, the season debut of Dancing with the Stars was down by an astounding 38% in the demo (vs a 4.0 rating) and 26% in viewers (vs 19.03 million). This represents a series low for performance episodes in both ratings categories. Total viewership is still impressive but the demo numbers are not good.
Reference point: The 2011-12 season averaged a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.91 million viewers.
Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.
What do you think? Do you like the All-Stars version of the Dancing with the Stars TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for another season?